An NBA star who lost his entire $16 million fortune has addressed the confrontational viral video that left fans concerned about his future.
Former NBA player Delonte West insists he’s doing well and isn’t done with the NBA after a viral video surfaced last week showing him begging for money on the side of the road in Virginia.
“It is what it is,” West said. the direct image when asked how he was after the video, as reported by the new york post.
“I have kids. I’m between jobs. People can help me as much as they can, but you know, as a man I have to do what I have to do for my babies,” added West, who has two children.
The confrontational video showed West holding a cardboard sign before shaking hands with a man inside a vehicle.
West played in the NBA for eight seasons, representing the Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks. He earned more than $16 million in salary during his time in the league.
The Celtics’ 24th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft has publicly dealt with mental health issues, substance abuse and bipolar disorder.
He entered rehab in 2020 with the help of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Last October, he reportedly relapsed and was arrested outside a Florida police department.
In February, West made headlines when a video showed the former NBA guard getting shot at in the gym. TMZ reported at the time that he was training to try out for Ice Cube’s BIG3 league. West reportedly “didn’t show up” for the league draft last month.
“I was excited to get the opportunity,” he said, adding, “I’ll be there next season. I’ll be there cheering the boys on.”
West, 38, also said he hopes to one day join the NBA coaching staff.
“I am always involved in the game that I love. Last year, I was a scout for the Dallas Mavericks and the three years before that I was an NBA scout for the Boston Celtics.
“I was actually hoping to be a head coach or an assistant coach in the NBA this season, but like I said, it’s a business that a lot of people are involved in and want to stay involved in. In prayer, I will hopefully be in discussion this coming season.”
— This story originally appeared on nypost.com and is republished with permission.
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